He shall judge between the nations,Isaiah 2:4
and set terms for many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
The End of War
On Mount Zion, the royal city of God, justice radiates from the throne of the King. More powerful than weapons of war, “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, RSV). When human beings encounter God, who is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), they will realize the futility of violence to achieve their ends. Disarmament will come from hearts transformed by grace rather than from human arbitration.
King of Peace
Utopian schemes and philosophies come and go through the centuries, often with violence and war, but the way of the Lord is humble and quiet—a peaceful king riding on a donkey.
Exult greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
Behold: your king is coming to you,
a just savior is he,
Humble, and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,Zechariah 9:9-10
and the horse from Jerusalem;
The warrior’s bow will be banished,
and he will proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion will be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
King of Kings
The kings of the earth will bow down before the divinely-appointed king of peace, sings the Psalmist:
May the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute,Psalm 72:10-11
the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.
May all kings bow before him,
all nations serve him.
Christ the Eternal Tao
Centuries before the Magi from the East brought their gifts to the Christ Child, the Eastern sage Lao Tzu intuited the character of the Tao/Logos as prophesied by Isaiah:
When the world has the TaoLao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 46, translated by Derek Lin
Fast horses are retired to fertilize the grounds
When the world lacks the Tao
Warhorses must give birth on the battlefield
In the Chinese Bible, Tao (Way or Universal Principle) translates the Greek Logos (Word) in St. John’s Prologue.